Summer Reading

What could be nicer than sitting in the sun with a good book. And when the sun shines bright, I like to plunge into something really dark. Summer is the ideal time for a good thriller or crime novel  and here are some of summer’s best to look out for.

A13 Claire Mackintosh: I let you go

Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

A14 Louise Candlish: The Swimming Pool

Secrets and lies beneath the surface at a London Lido will keep you on the edge of your seat

A15 Elly Griffiths: The Woman in Blue

The murder of women priests in the shrine town of Walsingham sucks Dr Ruth Galloway into an unholy investigation.

A8 Antonia Hodgson: The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Not many crime novels start with the hero on his way to the gallows. Back to 1728 and the backstreets of Georgian London for the sequel to  The Devil in the Marshalsea

A9 Peter May: Coffin Road

Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth – and the realisation that ignorance can kill us

A12 Lucie Whitehouse: Keep you close

They said it was a tragic accident. She knows better…Is this the new Girl on the Train?

Have you tried any of these books? Perhaps you prefer something sunny and light this summer. Let us know about your summer reading choices.

 

 

 

Opening Hours Consultation

Council proposes changes to library opening times

Wakefield Council is asking residents for their views on proposed changes to opening hours at Council libraries.

The Council is proposing to reduce the opening hours at all 13 of its libraries in order to make a saving of £150k as identified in this year’s budget savings.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “The financial challenge facing the Council is huge. We simply have no choice but to reduce our spending so we have been looking at ways that we can make savings but still provide the important services that residents need.”

This year the Council needs to save £27m, this is on top of the £119m that has already been cut from the Council’s budget since 2011.

Cllr Shaw added: “This is why we are proposing to reduce the opening hours at our libraries, to save money but still ensure that library services are provided across the district. We are proposing to reduce the hours at typically less busy times of day to help minimise the impact this will have on library customers.

“By reducing the opening hours of the facilities we hope that we can continue to keep all the facilities open, help protect jobs and still offer our customers an excellent service.

“We are asking all residents to take part in the consultation so that any changes that are implemented will cause the least amount of disruption.”

The consultation starts on Wednesday 8 June until Wednesday 22 June. People can take part online at www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries or by completing a questionnaire available at all Council libraries.

The proposals will reduce the numbers of hours that libraries are open from 531 to 474.5 hours. Most libraries would see slightly later opening times or slightly earlier closing times on some of their less busy days.

The changes are being proposed at Airedale, Castleford, Featherstone, Hemsworth, Horbury, Knottingley, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, Sandal, South Elmsall, Stanley and the Wakefield One library.

Full details of the proposed changes to all the opening hours are detailed in the questionnaires at www.wakefield.gov.uk/libraries

A Message from Lit Fest

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It’s that time of year again and Wakefield Lit Fest is back! This year, Wakefield Lit Fest 2016 takes place 23 September – 2 October at places and spaces across the district and city centre. 2016 is a special year for Wakefield Lit Fest as we celebrate our 5th birthday – programmed by arts charity Beam and supported by Arts Council England, Wakefield Lit Fest has become a real highlight in the city’s cultural calendar and the seed fund needs you to make this year’s festival one to remember. The seed fund enables groups and individuals like you to get involved with the festival by producing your own events. The festival will support your event through marketing activity including listings in our festival brochure and website as well as festival promotion through our social media channels.  Be as creative as you like – your event could be a spoken word performance, poetry reading, book launch or anything that celebrates reading, writing and words – you don’t need to have previous experience just enthusiasm to devise and deliver a great event. Need help? We can advise you with planning your event just let us know how we can support you. We have limited funding for applications of up to £200, download the Seed Fund Application Form and Call Out information here. Hurry, the deadline for applications is Monday 13 June at 9.30am.

Bones in the Nest

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Helen Cadbury : Bones in the Nest

Our next Read Regional event will be on Monday 13th June from 7pm at Pontefract Library. You are invited to join the Pontefract Library Reader’s group for an evening with author Helen Cadbury. Helen will be talking about her second crime novel Birds in the Nest, which, like To catch a Rabbit, features PC Sean Denton and is set in Yorkshire.

This should be a great evening, especially as Reader Group members have promised to do some of their famous baking for the event! Call Pontefract Library on 01977 727692 or email pontefractlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk to reserve a place.

 

Here are some of Helen’s comments about her book:

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where an idea first comes from, but when you read Bones in the Nest, you may recognise news stories that fed my imagination both consciously and unconsciously.

During the riots of 2011, I was staying in a cottage with no TV or internet. The only coverage of the riots I had access to was from the radio. The pictures were so vivid in my mind that they demanded to be put on paper. In the narrative, racial tension is rising on the Chasebridge Estate in Doncaster. Although the rioters in Bones in the Nest are doing it for a different reason than in London, I just knew that there was going to be a shop on fire, somewhere in this book.

Another strand in the narrative follows a young woman called Chloe Toms who is piecing her life back together in York after ten years in prison. Chloe is not based on any one person, but is inspired by the time I spent teaching in a women’s resettlement prison. It was a regular experience for me seeing women prepare for life outside, and the challenge of living under a new identity in a world of internet searches and cheque- book journalism.

Something else that’s very important to my writing process is walking. By walking, I don’t mean anything particularly special or energetic, but just walking around the streets where I live. I mentally placed the hostel where Chloe lives not far from my own neighbourhood, with the looming view of York Minster watching her, as it watches me on my walks. Being watched, whether for good or ill, is an underlying theme in the book, as is the family and its various dysfunctions.

 

 

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This year’s Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, will encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by looking for support and information.  Dementia can be scary and many people don’t know where to turn, but the Alzheimer’s Society is there for anyone affected and there are lots of ways they can help. You can find some help in your library too. Pick up our Reading Well Books on Prescription: Dementia leaflet which has a list of books which will give you information and help find out about people’s experiences. (See the blog page for a full list.)

There are lots of activities taking place at Sandal Library for Dementia Awareness Week:

Monday 16th May

Active minds session – carpet bowls 11-12 pm,  open for all

Friends of Sandal library Fund raising day 10-4 : all funds raised towards developing the Dementia Friendly Garden. (Ask at the library for details and news of the garden and how to join the Friends Group)

Tuesday 17th May

Active mind session – music bingo 2.00-3.00pm,  open for all

Friends of Sandal library Fund raising day 10-4 : all funds raised towards developing the Dementia Friendly Garden

Friday 19th May

Dementia Awareness training 10.30-11.30, open to all. Booking essential

Friends of Sandal Library coffee morning from 10 am: all funds raised towards developing

The Dementia Friendly Garden

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If you, or someone you know, is worried about dementia, Call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk

 

Smile4Life

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Smile4Life!

Children are eating 3 times as much sugar as they should which is causing tooth decay and excess weight. By the age of 3 children in our district average 2.59 decayed, missing or filled teeth. By the age of 5, 1 in 5 children are above a healthy weight

Smile4Life is a storytime event for families with pre-school children to establish good drinking habits and tooth care early.

To meet the Health Improvement and Oral Health Promotion Teams for expert advice, an opportunity to ask questions and some helpful leaflets and free items, visit Smile4Life storytimes at

Wakefield Library, Tuesday 17 May 1.30-2.15

Pontefract Library, Wednesday 18 May 9.30-10.30 or 10.45 – 11.45

Airedale Library, Monday 23rd May 10 – 11am

South Elmsall Library, Tuesday 24  May 9.30 – 11am

Featherstone Library, Thursday 26 May 9.30 – 10.30am

Hemsworth Library, Friday 27 May 10 – 10.30am

The most important messages to take care of children’s teeth and give them a great smile for life are

Drink milk or water rather than juices and fizzy drinks

Brush teeth twice every day, in the morning and before bed.

Visit the dentist regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Romantic one..

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It’s all about romance and relationships when authors Hazel Osmond, author of The Mysterious Miss Mayhew and Caroline Roberts, author of The Torn Up Marriage visit  Wakefield Library on Wednesday 18 May, 7- 8pm.

Hazel Osmond is a writer of short stories and romantic comedies. In 2008 she won the Woman & Home short story competition sponsored by Costa and in 2012 her first book, Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Comedy award. comedy award.

About ‘The Mysterious Miss Mayhew’ Is telling the truth always right—even if someone vulnerable will get hurt? The Mysterious Miss Mayhew is a romantic comedy that takes a look at how slippery a concept honesty can be. Aren’t secrets an essential part of protecting your privacy, especially when you’re living in a small community?

Caroline Roberts enjoys writing about love, loss, betrayal, and family; stories that explore the emotions, showing how complex and yet beautiful our relationships can be. She also likes to write romantic comedy, letting the characters have a bit of fun too! She believes in following your dreams, which after ten years of writing and submitting, finally led her to a publishing deal with Harper Collins.

About ‘The Torn Up Marriage’   is a gritty and emotional read about love, loss, family and betrayal’’

A memory: golden-tipped sand dunes, early June heat-waves blurring the Northumberland coastline. Michael racing towards the shore, Emily on his shoulders, their laughter ringing out against the crash of the rolling waves. A family together.

Two years later, and the landscape of Kate’s marriage has changed irrevocably. When Michael comes home one evening and deals the fateful blow to their marriage, neither could have imagined the heart-wrenching journey stretching before them. Her happy home with Michael and their two beautiful girls is washed away like footprints in the sand.

Read Regional: connecting readers and authors across the North

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Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton St. WF1 2DD

Tel: 01924 305376

Email: wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

Free event but advance booking is requested

Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

If you are interested in Ossett’s local history please take a look at the new official blog of Ossett Community Archive, based at Ossett library…

Welcome Ossettonians! This is the official blog of the Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive. We will be using this blog to engage with our followers and the people of Ossett to share information …

Source: Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

Reading Well: Shelf Help

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There’s a new addition to our Reading Well booklists. Shelf Help has books to help young people cope with difficult feelings and experiences. The titles have been chosen by young people themselves as well as medical experts. The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with feelings such as anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying. Reading about other people’s experiences and feelings can sometimes help with understanding your own.  Pick up the leaflet and the books in your local library – they’re free to borrow.

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If you need more help, your GP will be able to offer help and advice.  mycamhschoices.org has information and short films on mental health services or visit youngminds.org.uk.

You can get support and counselling 24/7 from

Childline childline.org.uk  Tel 0800 1111

The Samaritans Samaritans.org Tel 116 123

 

The Big Read

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The Big Read.

Wednesday 11 May, 11.00am South Elmsall Library

In 2016, the Big Read, run in association with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, is inviting you to discover P.D. James’ classic and pioneering crime novel, ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’.

The Festival’s Reader-In- Residence and bestselling crime author Mari Hannah will be touring libraries across the North of England and opening up the discussion online at bigread.org.uk, inviting readers to celebrate the life and work of one of the world’s greatest writers and the true Grande dame of mystery.  An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces Cordelia Gray, the first modern female detective in crime fiction. At the time of creating Cordelia Gray, P.D. James worked as a civil servant in the crime department of the Home Office. Regarding this novel, she wrote: “I wanted to have a young heroine of courage and intelligence who faces the problems of life with a determination to be successful in a job which everyone else thinks she won’t be able to do.”

Mari will be visiting South Elmsall Library on Wednesday 11th May at 11.00am to discuss the Big Read book. To reserve a place and collect your free copy of ‘An Unsuitable Job for a Woman’ call in at South Elmsall Library. You can also book a place by calling them on 01977 723220 or emailing southelmsalllibrary@wakefield.gov.uk but don’t forget to call in to pick up the book so you can take part in the discussion on 11th May!

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